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Taking door panel off, Chevy Malibu 2003.

Removing Door Panels On A
2003 Chevy Malibu

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows, Door Locks, Side Mirrors and More.

(Covers Model Years 1997 to 2003)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and electrical connectors are disconnected. The door panel is pried away from the door.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


The door panel on this 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was fairly easy to remove.

My job was to replace the side view mirror, so I had to remove the door panel.

The first thing I did was put the window in the down position.

Inside door panel, 03 Chevrolet Malibu.


Removing cover panel over side view mirror mounting screws, Malibu. I first removed the side view mirror inside trim cover.

Using a tack puller, I pried at the top of the cover and unhooked it from the bottom.


View of back side of cover. The red arrow points to the push clip that holds this panel to the car door. Chevy Malibu: side mirror cover and fastener clip.


Fastener locations, side view mirror, 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. After removing the sound deadener sponges, I found the 10mm nuts mounting the side view mirror to the metal door frame.

But the wiring is connected under the plastic door panel and the wire should be disconnected first.


I removed the Phillips screw from the inside door latch cover. Screw holding cover plate behind door latch, Chev Malibu.


Remove plastic trim cover around door latch, 2003 Chevy Malibu. Then I pried out slightly on the front of the latch area cover (red arrow) and pushed the cover forward (green arrow).


This released the latch cover from the door panel. Latch cover panel on driver's door on Chevy Malibu.


Wire attached to plastic door release handle trim cover on Chevy Malibu, 2003. Using a small flat screwdriver I released the clip (red arrow) on the wire connector for the power door lock.


I removed the window switch control by prying up slightly and pushing forward (green arrow). This unhooked the control switch from the door panel. Remove window switch control panel, 03 Malibu.


Power window control module, 2003 Chevy. The window switch control module.

Note the spring clip at the front of the switch module (inside green circle).

When this module is pushed forward, the spring is compressed and then the back becomes unhooked and can be lifted up.


With a small flat screwdriver I released the wire connectors from the switches. Disconnecting wires on window switch controller.


Chevy Malibu door panel with latch cover removed. View of latch area with latch cover and switches removed.


Behind the inside door pull handle is a small plastic cover that hides some screws.

I removed the screw cover with a small pry tool.

Removing hidden screw cover behind door pull handle, Chevrolet Malibu 2003.


With a 7mm socket I removed the screws from inside the door pull handle. Remove screws behind door pull handle, 03 Malibu.


Prying door panel away from door, 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. Then I pried with a rigid putty knife to release the push clips from the metal door shell.


Pulling outward and upward, I unhooked the plastic panel from the metal door shell. Lifting door panel from car door, 03 Malibu, Chevy.


Rear view of door panel, driver's side, Chevy. Back view of plastic door panel.


View of metal door shell with dust cover. 03 Chevy Malibu door with panel removed.


Inside of driver's side door, Chevy Malibu 2003. View of metal door shell and internal components.


Removing The Side View Mirror:

After disconnecting the wiring connector (green circle), I used a 10mm socket to remove the three nuts used to mount the side view mirror to the metal shell.

Have someone hold the mirror so it won't fall and cause damage.

Removing bolts or nuts for side view mirror, 2003 Chevy GM.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Tack Puller
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Sockets: 7mm, 10mm
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written March 5, 2009